What Does Intuitive Eating Even Mean??

“Accept your genetic blueprint. Just as a person with a shoe size of eight would not expect to realistically squeeze into a size six, it is equally as futile (and uncomfortable) to have the same expectation with body size. But mostly, respect your body, so you can feel better about who you are. It’s hard to reject the diet mentality if you are unrealistic and overly critical about your body shape.”

-The Intuitive Eating Workbook (Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food) Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN Elyse Resch, MS, RDN

There are 10 basic principles outlined in the Intuitive Eating workbook. They include accepting your body and honoring your feelings of hunger and fullness. After you read those principles you will understand the nature of Intuitive eating and what it actually is. 🙂 Here is a link to get the workbook: Intuitive Eating Workbook

There was a time in my life when I could have been the Commander of the food police. I saw food as “good” or “bad.” I saw processed food as the devil and I only ate foods that were “honoring my body.” But the truth of it all was that I was not honoring my body at all. I did not have anything close to a healthy relationship with food.

When I first heard about intuitive eating, I got scared. I thought I should eat intuitively by just eating “healthy” foods.

“While you are still becoming familiar with Intuitive Eating and gaining confidence in your abilities, keep in mind that if you focus on nutritious eating too soon, you will embrace nutrition as another set of dieting rules. For the moment, put healthy on the back burner. We will concentrate on that later, after you’ve become an Intuitive Eater.”

–The Intuitive Eating Workbook (Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food) Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN Elyse Resch, MS, RDN

Deep down I wanted to be able to eat a regular Oreo…not just allow myself “the organic” ones because the high fructose corn syrup etc. in regular ones are “bad.” I wanted to be able to eat a regular rice krispie…not just allow myself “the organic” ones because ” ” you get the point… (True Story: I almost broke a tooth once eating an organic rice krispie…they are VERY hard.)

Today I eat a variety of foods. No food is off limits. For me it’s about balance, not abstinence…and let’s just say I don’t eat rice Krispies that have the capability to break my teeth anymore. ; ) 

Go check out The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast By: Dr. Janean Anderson to learn more about Intuitive Eating. When you click the link (Click Here) go to Episode 40: Intuitive Eating, Not Dieting with Evelyn Tribole.

“Episode Notes: Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, CEDRD, co-author of Intuitive Eating joins us to talk all about Intuitive Eating. We discuss:

  • The research support for Intuitive Eating
  • Letting go of weight loss as a goal
  • Weight bias in the medical and nutrition fields
  • Why NOT dieting is healthier than being on any kind of diet
  • External cues vs. internal, body cues
  • How to recognize when something is actually a diet in disguise”

If you get nothing else from this blog post…remember this…organic rice krispies could cause you to have to take an emergency trip to the dentist. Ain’t nobody got time for that. 

Be Fervently Driven

-Amie Hope

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